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Mabel, MN


Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Mabel, Minnesota is snuggled in the southeast corner of Fillmore County; 60 miles SE of Rochester, 120 miles south of the Twin Cities; 40 miles SW of LaCrosse, Wisconsin or just 20 miles north of Decorah, Iowa.

Frank Adams was the chief construction engineer of the Narrow Gauge Railroad that built the first railroad through Mabel. Frank Adams platted the Village of Mabel in the fall of 1879, naming it Mabel in honor of his little daughter.

The Steam Engine Park is located on the south edge of Mabel. The park is open to the public and provides picnic shelters for family get-togethers, new playground equipment, horseshoe pits and one of the best ball diamonds in the area.

The second annual 50's & 60's Days was held in August this year. Classic cars lined main street for all to view on Saturday afternoon. Businesses had items marked for the sidewalk sales and there were city-wide rummage sales. Be sure to meet your friends in Mabel for a walk down memory lane.

You'll enjoy one of the biggest events in the area when you come to Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Day's. The annual celebration is held in the park the first weekend after Labor Day. It features threshing machines powered by steam engines; two gigantic parades that start with the old steam engines sounding their whistles down main street; arts and crafts; an antique show; a quilt show and many other exciting activities. Every year a carnival sets up on the park grounds for the 'big' kids. Stage shows are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoons and also for Sunday evening. The weekend winds down with drawings held by various community organizations. The grand prize is a new pick-up and all gather to hear if they are the lucky winner. Be sure to plan on joining the city of Mabel for this fun-packed weekend.

Visit the Steam Engine Museum in the Steam Engine Park open Memorial Day through Labor Day by appointment. All the machines that are demonstrated during the Steam Engine Days Celebration are displayed in the museum. These fascinating steam engines and other old machines amaze people of all ages.

Mabel boasts a thriving business community which includes a bank, feed elevator, farm store, furniture store, grocery store, hardware store, drug store, medical clinic, floral shop, quilt shop, antique store, massage therapist, restaurants and other various businesses. Several business places sell Mabe .....
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Hoffman Stables

LeRoy, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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LeRoy, gateway to Lake Louise State Park, is a bustling little town on the edge of the priaire. Located south of Spring Valley on Hwy 56, LeRoy is part of the Shooting Star Scenic Byway.

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Lanesboro, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Nestled in a deep valley of the Root River (South Branch) is the unique city of Lanesboro. This quaint townsite of less than one thousand residents, located in the state hardwood forest reminds one of the many hillside villages in Norway. Norwegian i ..... 
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LaCrescent, MN - Apple Capital of Minnesota

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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LaCrescent is a growing community with a thriving business district. Located in the southeast corner of Minnesota, LaCrescent has a boundary of the Mississippi River on one side, and the apple orchard covered bluffs on the other. Enjoy our annual App ..... 
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Winter Birds

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

January 1, 2001: We hear birds singing and see activity in fir trees as we drive slowly past a farm bordering the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Dana Gardner and I are participating in the Whitewater Christ ..... 
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Whats In A Name?

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

While it may not have mattered much to Romeos Juliet, names are of paramount importance to those working in the biological sciences. Naturally, in the absence of names a discussion on virtually any topic would prove at ..... 
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Escape from America

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Im a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like its going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Cast Iron Epidemic

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

I decided that it was time to change oil in both of our vehicles last Sunday. I drafted our sixteen-year-old son, Matt, to help. I thought it was a good opportunity for Matt to profit from some of my long experience an ..... 
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Chicken Run

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

Its hard being brave when youre a chicken.
~from the movie Chicken Run

I am not much of a golfer. I rationalize my poor scores with the notion that I am involved in too many other activities to dev ..... 
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